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COVID-19 vaccines for Asheville Pulmonary patients

There are two COVID vaccines (Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna) that are approved for use in the United States. Both vaccines are proven to be safe and effective among over 30,000 patients in studies published to the New England Journal of Medicine. These vaccines are thought to be critical to control the COVID pandemic. Our recommendation is that our patients receive the vaccine as soon as it becomes available for them, unless you have a history of severe allergic reactions (such as widespread hives or anaphylactic shock) to other vaccines.

Both vaccines require two separate doses, approximately 3 weeks apart. Your second vaccine should be from the same manufacturer as your first vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna).

You CANNOT get COVID from the COVID vaccine. Side effects of the vaccines include pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, body aches, and mild fever. These side effects occur more frequently in younger patients and after the second vaccine dose.

Though these vaccines are approximately 95% effective at preventing one from contracting COVID, vaccinated patients should still wear masks, wash their hands, and practice social distancing precautions to further reduce their chance of catching COVID.

How can I get the Coronavirus Vaccine?

Buncombe County is now administering these vaccines to residents 75 and older. Visit https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/hhs/news-detail.aspx?id=19057 to register or for more information. Appointments for Buncombe County residents 75 and older can be also made by calling 828-250-5000 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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When Preparing for Your First Appointment

Patients should arrive at least one hour early to their first appointment so they have time to complete necessary paperwork and testing.

Please make sure to bring:

  • Insurance identification card(s)
  • Driver’s license or other government issued identification
  • Referral form from referring physician’s office
  • Recent chest X-rays, CT scans or other relevant medical records from referring physician’s office
  • Completed and signed New Patient and Medical History forms.

Payment and Insurance

All co-payments, deductibles and the cost of any non-covered services must be paid at the time of service. Asheville Pulmonary participates in most insurance plans, including Medicare. If a patient is not insured by a plan that Asheville Pulmonary participates in, payment in full is expected at each visit.

Missed Appointments

A patient who misses three consecutive appointments without notifying the office will be dismissed from the practice.

Prescriptions and Renewals

A patient may request a prescription or renewal by calling (828) 255-7733, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday. He should have the pharmacy name and telephone number, and the name and dose of medication available at the time of the call.

Prescription refills requested after 4 p.m. won’t be done until the next business day, and no refills will be handled over the weekend.

Contacts

Patients who have questions about appointments, medical records, billing, insurance or other matters regarding their care should call

(828) 255-7733 or email csmith@ashevillepulmonary.com .

Fax number is (828) 258-3084.